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Caduceus Newsletter: Spring 2018.14, Week of April 16

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Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Christian Brothers University

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

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THE EVENT OF THE YEAR is coming up on Monday, April 30!  It’s the Annual Dinstuhl’s Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Event!

 

 

For more information, please go to Article #1. 

 

Table of Contents:

1.   The event OF THE YEAR is coming up!  It’s the Dinstuhl’s Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Event, Monday, April 30!
2.  The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) invites you to Be Our Guest at the Midwest Podiatry Conference in Chicago, IL on April 21, 2018. 
3.  Examkrackers MCAT Prep is making a special April MCAT Scholarship offer.  
4.  The 2018-2019 American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service application cycle will open for submissions on May 3, 2018.  
5.  The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has released guidelines to train Oncology Financial Navigators. 
6.  Washington Insider, from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, April 10, 2018 edition.  
7.  Casa de Esperanza, located in Houston, Texas, provides residential care to children birth through six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV.  (I asked my fellow prehealth advisors about this program, and it is highly recommended.)   
8.  The University of Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine still has seats available for their Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) program. 
9.  The National Hispanic Medical Association will be hosting its NHMA College Health Scholars Program Conference in Los Angeles on April 28, 2018.  
10.  AAMC News:  News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, April 11, 2018 edition.  
11.  Register now to attend the FREE DPT Education Virtual Fair on April 26.  

12.  Marginalia:  You’ve heard of Bud Lite and Miller Lite.  How about a Copro-lite?  

 

1. The event OF THE YEAR is coming up!  It’s the Dinstuhl’s Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Event, Monday, April 30!. 

It’s the Annual Dinstuhl’s Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Session, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Montesi Room of Buckman Hall! 

Here is your opportunity to learn about chocolate:

·         The history of chocolate;

·         How and where the cacao plant is grown;

·         How the pods are harvested, fermented and roasted;

·         How to enjoy the sound, the aroma, and finally, the flavor of white, milk and dark chocolate.

Our guide will be Ms. Marian Hughes, manager of the Laurelwood location.  Door prizes will be awarded!!

Here are some pictures from previous events:

The sound…

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The fragrance:

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The flavor!!

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You don’t want to miss out, do you?

 

2.  The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) invites you to Be Our Guest at the Midwest Podiatry Conference in Chicago, IL on April 21, 2018. 

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Greetings Colleagues,

The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine would like to invite students to Be Our Guest at the Midwest Podiatry Conference.  This interactive session will be held in Chicago, IL at Hyatt Regency, Chicago on April 21, 2018.  All interested students are welcome to register and join us for this special event from 9am-1pm.

Students Can Click here to Register

Be Our Guest is an exciting look inside the world of podiatric medicine. Attendees will be introduced to careers in podiatric medicine by one of our DPM Network Speakers, meet current students, and have a guided tour of the Exhibit Hall.   Additionally, there will be representatives from the colleges of podiatric medicine on hand to answer questions about admissions, clinical shadowing opportunities, scholarships and much more.

Student attendees will be eligible to win prizes during the session!  Prizes include, but are not limited to, a Google Home Mini and an Amazon Echo Dot.  The entire program is completely free of charge and registration is now open.

Reserve your space now!  Click here to register.

 

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SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ADVISORS:

The planning committee for this special event would like to extend an offer to NAAHP Advisors who are new to their Pre-Health Advising role (less than two years) of a special travel stipend of up to $300 to cover their travel expenses to join us in Chicago to learn about careers in podiatric medicine. Priority will be given to advisors from the Midwest for these travel grants and quantity is limited.  Please email Mandy Nau at the AACPM (mnau@aacpm.org) for more information and to inquire about eligibility.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Mandy

 

 

Mandy S. Nau

Career Promotion Strategist

American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine

Phone:  253-906-4167   Email:  mnau@aacpm.org

 

Why consider a career in podiatric medicine?

•              A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is a specialist in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of lower extremity disorders, diseases and injuries.

•              DPMs can specialize in a variety of areas such as surgery, orthopedics, or public health. Besides these certified specialties, podiatrists may practice a subspecialty such as sports medicine, pediatrics, dermatology, radiology, geriatrics, or diabetic foot care.

•              The DPM is a vital member of the health-care team. He or she is often the first to detect symptoms of diabetes or peripheral vascular disease because of the human foot’s interrelation with the rest of the body.

 

 

3.  Examkrackers MCAT Prep is making a special April MCAT Scholarship offer.  

Dr Eisen,

 

Examkrackers MCAT Prep is excited to announce that your school, and thus you Pre Med Students, has been chosen to receive our current April MCAT Scholarship Offer.

 

Please find details attached to forward or to print off and have in your office. 

 

To summarize, for the month of April, Examkrackers will be offering 200 MCAT Scholarships for either:

 

    50% OFF our June - Aug MCAT Course in Memphis & Nashville

            $1149.99 SCHOLARSHIP PRICE ($2299.99 Reg Price)

 

    50% OFF our June - Aug MCAT Course LIVE ONLINE

            $1149.99 SCHOLARSHIP PRICE ($2299.99 Reg Price)

 

    25% OFF our MCAT Self Study Packages: http://examkrackers.com/News/Details.aspx?n=70

            $746.25 - $2246.25 SCHOLARSHIP PRICE ($995 - $29995 Reg Price)

            Prices Vary Based on Package Purchased

 

These scholarships are limited to the first 200 students (across the country) to take advantage so please make sure to let your students know ASAP as they will go fast!

 

To purchase a scholarship - students MUST call 888-572-2536. 

 

Offers are limited to the FIRST 200 Students who enroll in a course or purchase a self-study package - Nationwide Total. 

Time Frame Available:   April 1 – April 30 (2018)

All offers are NON-Retroactive and NON-Transferable

Payment Plans are NOT available with Scholarship Offers

 

 

Please let me know if you have any questions!

 

 

Janis Stott
National Program Director

Examkrackers, Inc. (MCAT Prep)

janis@examkrackers.com
Phone: 386-864-1245
Fax: 859-305-6464

124 MacArthur Court, Nicholasville, KY 40356
   

Text EKMCAT to 33222 to receive notifications about our courses and products!

Note: This communication is intended solely for the use of the person(s) named above or others authorized to receive it. This communication may include privileged and confidential information and any use, dissemination, or reproduction by unauthorized person(s) is absolutely prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender immediately.

Here’s the promotional flyer in its entirety:

Examkrackers MCAT Test Prep - Summer Scholarship Offers

For a Limited Time

 

We are excited to announce that we will be offering the following scholarship opportunities for the month of April to 200 MCAT Students.

 

The first 200 students to contact our offices and enroll in our June MCAT Course and/or Purchase one of our MCAT Self Study Packages - during the Month of April 2018 - will be given the choice of the following offers:

 

 

50% off June Live LOCAL MCAT Classrooms (Reg Price $2299.99-Scholarship Price $1149.99)

            Includes: 9 Weeks of Comprehensive Live MCAT Course , Full Set of EK MCAT Study Guides,

5 Full Length MCAT Practice Exams

 

50% off  June Live ONLINE MCAT Classrooms (Reg Price $2299.99-Scholarship Price $1149.99)

            Includes: 9 Weeks of Comprehensive Live MCAT Course , Full Set of EK MCAT Study Guides,

5 Full Length MCAT Practice Exams

 

25% off EK Self Study Packages

 

Fundamental (Reg Price $995 – Scholarship Price $746.25)

                        Includes: Full Set of EK MCAT Study Guides, 10 week Self Study Syllabus,

5 Full –Length MCAT Practice Exams, 6 month membership to EK Forum, 5 Check in Sessions with National Director, 1 month access to EK Hotline

Premium (Reg Price $1995 – Scholarship Price $1496.25)

Includes: Full Set of EK MCAT Study Guides, 10 week Self Study Syllabus, 5 Full –Length MCAT Practice Exams, 6 month membership to EK Forum, 5 Check in Sessions with National Director, 3 months access to EK Hotline, Online Reviews of Full length Exams, Full Set for EK 101 Passage Workbooks

Ultimate (Reg Price $2995 – Scholarship Price $2246.25)

Includes: Full Set of EK MCAT Study Guides, 10 week Self Study Syllabus, 5 Full –Length MCAT Practice Exams, 6 month membership to EK Forum, 5 Check in Sessions with National Director, 3 months access to EK Hotline, Online Reviews of Full length Exams, Full Set for EK 101 Passage Workbooks, One on One Personal Statement Consultation, 10 Hours of EK Private Tutoring

 

Terms are as follows:

Students MUST Call the Examkrackers Offices at 888-572-2536 to receive offer.

Offers are limited to the FIRST 200 Students who enroll in a course or purchase a self study package. 

Time Frame Available:            April 1 – April 30 (2018)

All offers are NON Retroactive and NON Transferable

Payment Plans are NOT available with Scholarship Offers

 

 

4.  The 2018-2019 American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service application cycle will open for submissions on May 3, 2018.  

The 2018-2019 AACOMAS application cycle will open for submissions on May 3, 2018. Please find important information about the upcoming cycle below, including key AACOMAS dates, updates for the 2018-19 cycle, advisor resources, and tips for applying.

Key AACOMAS Dates

  • May 3: 2018-2019 AACOMAS application cycle opens for submissions.
  • May 15: Decisions for the 2017-2018 AACOMAS application cycle begin to become available in the Universal Advisor Portal (UAP). Please note that this data is contingent upon the colleges entering and updating this information in the AACOMAS platform.
  • June 15: Schools begin receiving and processing 2018-2019 cycle applications.
  • Academic Update (Coursework) Periods:
    • Sept 3, 2018 – Oct 12, 2018
    • Dec 13, 2018 – Feb 15, 2019
    • Mar 14, 2019 – Apr 12, 2019

More information about Academic Update is included below.

Increase AACOMAS Fee Waiver Funding
AACOM is proud to announce that, for the first time, fee waivers were awarded to all eligible financially disadvantaged students who applied to the AACOMAS Fee Assistance Program in the 2017-2018 cycle. Historically, AACOM waived the application fee for approximately 800 students and exhausted funds in July of each application cycle. This left nearly 700 eligible fee waiver applicants without waivers each year. Due to an increase in funding for the 2017-2018 cycle, AACOM doubled the reach of the fee waiver program and awarded nearly 1,700 financially disadvantaged applicants with fee waivers. AACOM will continue to review this fund to ensure we can assist as many future physicians as possible and diversify the pipeline.

Advisor Resources

  • Contacting Customer Service
    • Advisor Customer Service
      AACOMAS maintains a dedicated advisor customer support line and email address. For system and usage question about the Universal Advisor Portal contact our support team at webadmitsupport@liaisonedu.com or (857) 304-2020, Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM ET.
    • Letters by Liaison Customer Service
      For assistance uploading letters of recommendation to AACOMAS, email help@UniCAS.com. Please include your full name, the applicant’s name and ten-digit CAS ID #, and the file you’re attempting to upload.
    • Applicant Customer Service
      Questions about the AACOMAS application or the Evaluator Portal (letters/references) should be directed to aacomasinfo@liaisoncas.com or (617) 612-2889 Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET.
  • College Information Resources
    The 2018-2019 Osteopathic Medical College Information Book (CIB) is now available for free online at www.aacom.org/cib. The College Information Book contains an overview of the profession, lists key data about each of the 34 accredited U.S. colleges of osteopathic medicine, and is an essential resource for students applying in the upcoming AACOMAS cycle. Official NAAHP members will be mailed a complimentary copy of the College Information Book in June. Additional print copies for advisors and students will be for sale in our online store.
  • Universal Advisor Portal (UAP)
    Beginning May 15, 2018, student admissions decisions for the 2017-2018 AACOMAS cycle will be available in the Universal Advisor Portal. Please note that this data is contingent upon participating AACOMAS programs entering and updating this information in the AACOMAS platform. Use this portal to create and run reports on decisions, MCAT scores, GPA information, and more. This portal contains applicant data from the 2015-2016 AACOMAS cycles and later. Returning users can log in now. New advisors should request access here.
  • Universal Advisor Portal (UAP) Help Center
    The Universal Advisor Portal Help Center contains resources to assist you with using UAP. Learn how to get started with your new account, navigate the portal, search for applicants, run reports, and contact our customer service team. You can also review important dates and features for each CAS’s UAP site using the UAP Dates by CAS page.
  • AACOMAS Test Account
    Create your own AACOMAS test account to explore the application from an applicant’s perspective. Open the AACOMAS application at https://aacomas.liaisoncas.com and select “Create an Account.” Shortly after you enter your new account information, you will be asked about your enrollment plans where you can indicate that you do not intend to enroll in a participating AACOMAS program. This will let AACOMAS know that your account is to explore the application rather than to apply in an upcoming cycle. 
  • Recommendations & Feedback
    We encourage the advising community to provide recommendations to AACOM throughout the application cycle. Submit ideas about the Universal Advisor Portal, AACOMAS application, Evaluator Portal, and application instructions through the AACOMAS Ideas Portal - For Advisors at any time. We will forward all submissions to the AACOMAS Advisory Committee for consideration in the 2019-2020 application cycle. Submitted recommendations and ideas are reviewed each fall.

Updates for the 2018-2019 AACOMAS Cycle

  • Letters by Liaison – the New Liaison Evaluator Portal
    Individuals uploading letters into AACOMAS will see a newly-updated, streamlined version of the AACOMAS Evaluator Portal. This redesign includes an updated user dashboard and creates a more intuitive experience for evaluators. It’s now easier to create accounts, review requests, and upload documents.
  • Applicant Help Center
    The online AACOMAS Instructions and FAQs has also been redesigned to provide a more intuitive and user-friendly experience for applicants. The new AACOMAS Applicant Help Center will contain a quick start guide and easy-to-navigate online interface. The Help Center contents will now be fully searchable to ensure applicants can efficiently find the information they need to apply successfully. The new AACOMAS Applicant Help Center will launch on May 3 with the 2018-2019 AACOMAS cycle.

Tips for Applying

  • Apply Early (but don’t rush!)
    While AACOMAS opens for submissions on May 3, applications are not released to colleges for review until June 15. Encourage students to apply early (by August 1) to increase  their chances of obtaining an interview at a college of osteopathic medicine. Students should also be encouraged to take their time in carefully completing their application.
  • Fee Waivers
    AACOMAS fee waivers are available at the start of each cycle. Once approved for a fee waiver, applicants must submit their AACOMAS application within 14 days (including holidays and weekends). For these reasons, encourage applicants to carefully review all fee waiver instructions and adjust their application timeline accordingly.
  • FAQ: Missing Official MCAT Scores
    Failure to release official MCAT scores to AACOMAS may delay a college from reviewing an applicant’s file. Direct students to follow the following two-step process below to ensure their official MCAT scores are submitted correctly:
    1. Applicants must accurately self-report their name, date of birth, and AAMC ID (distributed upon registering for the MCAT exam) into the AACOMAS application. The information entered into AACOMAS must match exactly what is on the MCAT.
    2. Applicants must visit the AAMC’s online MCAT Score Reporting System and electronically release official scores to AACOMAS.
  • Academic Update (Coursework) Periods
    Academic Update Periods are windows throughout the application cycle when  applicants  enter and submit newly completed or planned courses to AACOMAS after their application has been submitted and verified. Failing to submit updated coursework within these three periods may delay a college’s review of the applicant’s file. Encourage applicants to submit updates and final transcripts to AACOMAS during the designated Academic Update Periods outlined at the top of this communication.

AACOM appreciates your continued support of pre-health students across the country.

 

 

Thank you,
Stephanie

 

 

Stephanie D. Wurth, MA

Director of Application Services, Recruitment & Student Affairs

 

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5.  The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has released guidelines to train Oncology Financial Navigators. 

The treatment and follow-up to a diagnosis of cancer can be extremely costly to the patient and the patient’s family.  Patients could use financial navigators and the ACCC has established guidelines for individuals interested in this kind of work.  For more information, please go to the following article:  

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/894734 , by Pam Harrison, originally published by Medscape.com on April 3, 2018.

In order to view Medscape.com articles, a free, one-time registration is mandatory. 

 

6.  Washington Insider, from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, April 10, 2018 edition.  

Washington Insider

AACOM

 

Washington Insider

 

April 10, 2018

What You Need to Know

Yesterday, AACOM launched a new collaborative initiative with our 17 ED to MED national partner organizations to protect the Grad PLUS Loan Program.

Since October, ED to MED advocates have been speaking up to urge Congress to preserve the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. PSLF was slated for elimination for new borrowers in the PROSPER Act, Republican legislation passed by the House Education and the Workforce Committee in December to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA).

Grad PLUS loans are also under threat. If enacted, PROSPER would cap the dollar amount medical and other health professions students can borrow through federal loans. Under this legislation, the average osteopathic medical student could no longer rely on Grad PLUS loans to cover the full cost of attendance, in which he or she would face a nearly $93,000 funding gap over a four-year period. This would force our future health care workforce to borrow from the private loan market, which does not offer the same advantages as federal Grad PLUS loans, and it could disincentive individuals otherwise interested in health care from pursuing careers in the field. With the U.S. facing a heath care workforce shortage, we cannot afford to jeopardize this pipeline.

Join us in our effort to #SaveGradPLUS! Visit our new campaign web page today and share your story about why Grad PLUS is critical to you, and how patients across the nation could be impacted if this program is reduced and replaced. Use your voice during our ED to MED Town Hall on April 19 to speak up in support of this vital program.

Pamela Murphy
Senior Vice President of Government Relations

 

Legislative Update

On The Hill

President Signs FY18 Omnibus into Law

On March 23, President Trump signed into law H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, the final fiscal year (FY) 2018 omnibus spending package. The $1.3 trillion measure includes an increase in funding attributed to the two-year budget agreement signed into law in February. The package also increased spending caps previously imposed by Congress, providing $131 billion in non-defense discretionary programs. Learn more about its impact on osteopathic medical education (OME).

AACOM Joins Letters to Congress in Support of AHRQ

AACOM joined 141 national organizations in letters to House and Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee leadership requesting $454 million for FY19 for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). This agency produces evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable and works with its partners to ensure the evidence is communicated and understood.

Senate HELP Committee Releases Bipartisan Opioid Legislation

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee recently released a draft of broad bipartisan legislation, The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which aims to decrease the nation’s opioid crisis by promoting new pain medication development, aiding states in patient treatment, and strengthening the health care workforce to increase access to mental health services and substance use disorder treatment in underserved areas. The legislation also focuses on public health measures and overlaps with President Trump’s initiative to fight opioid abuse. The draft release follows a series of HELP Committee hearings on the opioid crisis with testimonies and recommendations gathered from stakeholders such as state governors, subject matter experts, and families of addicted patients and victims. The Senate HELP Committee will hold a hearing on April 11 to discuss this legislation. AACOM is reviewing this legislation and will provide updates.

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Advocacy Update

 Advocacy

AACOM’s ED to MED Campaign Launches #SaveGradPLUS Initiative

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Over the past few months, ED to MED advocates have mobilized in support of the PSLF Program by sharing personal stories through the ED to MED blog, sending #SavePSLF postcards to elected officials, urging House Members to join the PSLF Caucus, and voicing strong support during HEA reauthorization hearings. However, PSLF isn’t the only program under threat. Grad PLUS loans are also at risk, and we need your help now to protect them. Visit our new #SaveGradPLUS web page to learn how to get involved!

AACOM Hosts WGR Legislative Forum

On April 9, AACOM's Office of Government Relations hosted the second annual Women in Government Relations Education Legislative Forum, which addressed the education issues yet to be dealt with in the 115th Congress from both the policy and funding perspectives. Joined by education committee staff from both chambers and parties, as well as education appropriations staff, attendees learned about the priorities of the education authorizers and appropriators as well as other hot topics in education. Learn more.

AACOM’s OHPI Shares Advice for Making Advocacy a Lifelong Commitment

Owais Durrani, fourth-year student at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and AACOM’s recent Osteopathic Health Policy Intern, got involved in advocacy at a young age. Learn about how he remained engaged in policy and politics throughout medical school in his video interview.

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Regulatory Update

Administration and Federal Agencies

Osteopathic Medical Students—Apply Now for the 2018 NHSC Scholarship Program

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program (SP) is now accepting applications for the 2018 – 2019 school year. The NHSC SP awards funds to students pursuing health professions training in NHSC-eligible disciplines in exchange for a commitment to practice in high-need, underserved communities. Applications are due May 10 at 7:30 PM ET. The NHSC will host technical assistance (TA) opportunities on April 12 and April 26. AACOM continues to advocate vigorously to support the sustainability of NHSC programs, which recruit and retain physicians in locations where shortages are most severe. Learn more.

HRSA’s 2018 Health Careers Opportunity Program Now Open

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is now accepting applications for its FY18 Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) or “National HCOP Academies,” which support pipeline programs to increase opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter a health profession. Accredited health professions schools and public and private non-profit health or educational entities must apply by May 29. HRSA will host TA opportunities on April 17 and May 1. Learn more.

Ronny Jackson Nominated as VA Secretary

President Trump announced on March 28 his intent to nominate Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson to lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), following the departure of Secretary David Shulkin. With a background in emergency medicine, Rear Admiral Jackson currently serves as President Trump’s physician, a role he also held for President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush. While Rear Admiral Jackson awaits Senate confirmation, Robert Wilkie will move from his role as Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness at the Department of Defense (DoD) to serve as Acting VA Secretary. AACOM will continue to provide updates on important leadership changes at the VA and remain engaged to ensure OME priorities are considered throughout these transitions.

Brett Giroir Appointed to Advance HHS’ Opioid Priorities

On March 29, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar announced the appointment of Brett Giroir, MD, to lead the initiative to combat the opioid crisis, one of the four priorities of the Department’s transformation agenda. In addition to his current role as Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Giroir will now serve as Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Mental Health and Opioid Policy. Dr. Giroir is a four-star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps with previous experience leading projects at the DoD and VA. Learn more.

NIH Launches the HEAL Initiative to Support Opioid Research

During the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, announced the Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative, which invests approximately $1.1 billion in FY18 to strengthen opioid misuse/addition and pain-related research. HEAL will work to prevent addiction through enhanced pain management and improve treatments for opioid misuse disorder by implementing studies and supporting best practices and public-private partnerships.

Featured Federal Resources and COM Engagement

Free Continuing Education Opportunity on Opioids: Pathways to Safer Opioid Use, created by the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, is an interactive training that promotes the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain. The Pathways program is based on the opioid-related recommendations in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention. Participants who take the one-hour training can receive free continuing medical education credit. Learn more.

HRSA Webinar on Provider Wellness Within Health Workforce Training Programs: Registration is now open for the HRSA webinar “Provider Well-Being: Moving from Triple to Quadruple Aim in Clinical Training” on April 24, 2018 at 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET. This is part of the Workforce Grand Rounds Webinar Series and will provide resources and successful implementation examples of provider wellness programs within health workforce training programs. Learn more.

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AACOM's Annual Conference, Educating Leaders 2018, will be held from April 18  21 in Washington, DC.

Please note: Amy Walter, National Editor of the Cook Political Report &
Former Political Director of ABC News, will be delivering the keynote address on Thursday, April 19 from 8:00 – 9:30 AM. Learn more.

 

7.  Casa de Esperanza, located in Houston, Texas, provides residential care to children birth through six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV.  (I asked my fellow prehealth advisors about this program, and it is highly recommended.)    

Dear Mr. Eisen,

I am with Casa de Esperanza, a non-profit in Houston, Texas.  Casa de Esperanza, located in Houston, Texas, provides residential care to children birth through six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV.  Care is provided in our neighborhood by our Hands of Hope interns.  Information about our internship may be found here:

https://www.casahope.org/p-hands-of-hope-internship

I am writing with the hope that you may be able to share information about this internship with interested students in the Pre-Professional Health Program.  Our internship especially appeals to students who wish to complete a service internship before attending medical or graduate school.

Thank you and please let me know if you should need more information.

Stephanie Diehl, Casa de Esperanza de los Niños, Inc.
PO Box 66581
Houston, TX 77266-6581
Main Office: 713.529.0639
Fax:713.529.9179
Stephanie@casahope.org

 

 

8.  The University of Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine still has seats available for their Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) program. 

 

9.  The National Hispanic Medical Association will be hosting its NHMA College Health Scholars Program Conference in Los Angeles on April 28, 2018.  

I wanted to flag the last event of NHMA's College Health Scholars Program this year.  This free conference will be on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm being held at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

 

This free conference is open to all college students.  Students will be able to hear from various health/medical professionals and students about their journey to their career, academic advice/preparation to apply to a graduate/professional school, advice on how to finance school, and professional development.

 

The Program will focus on five main fields: medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, and graduate science.

 

There will also be a Recruitment Fair open to students from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

 

If students are interested in attending, they can register through this link.

 

Thank you in advance for spreading the word about this wonderful event.

 

Best,

Ben

 

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Ben Melano, MPP

Program Officer

National Hispanic Medical Association

1920 L Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20036

202-628-5895

www.nhmamd.org

 

 

10.  AAMC News:  News About America’s Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, April 11, 2018 edition.  

Also inside, new AAMC data shows increasing physician shortages.

AAMCNews

News About America's Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals

 

April 11, 2018

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Meeting the Demand for Better Transgender Care

More medical schools and teaching hospitals are ensuring that providers learn to deliver high-quality health care for transgender patients.

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NIH Funding Is Vital to Our Nation's Health and Prosperity

The deans of the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University schools of medicine examine how funding the National Institutes of Health helps save lives, support our economy, and more.

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New AAMC Research Shows Increasing Physician Shortages in Both Primary and Specialty Care

According to new data published by the AAMC, the United States could see a shortage of up to 120,000 physicians by 2030, impacting access to patient care across the nation. The report, The Complexities of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections from 2016-2030, updates and aligns with estimates conducted in prior projections, reinforcing the threat of a significant doctor shortage.
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Community Engagement Toolkit Explores Criminal Justice, Health, and Academic Medicine

A new AAMC toolkit, Social Justice Behind and Beyond the Bars: Criminal Justice Health and Academic Medicine, explores the unique needs and inequities faced by the currently and formerly incarcerated and their families, and includes resources, discussion questions, and a series of videos that examine how incarceration can affect one's health and well-being.
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Webinar Explores Genomic Research and the Million Veteran Program

The AAMC will host a webinar on April 18 to discuss ongoing research from the Million Veteran Program (MVP), launched in 2011 by the Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Research and Development to study how genes affect health and use the findings to improve care for veterans. Sponsored by the AAMC's Research on Care Community (ROCC), the webinar will examine findings from the first reported studies, present future program goals, and highlight potential opportunities for using MVP data to advance clinical care.
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IPEC Announces Award Winners Recognized for Exemplary Interprofessional, Team-Based Practice

The U.S. Public Health Service and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) have announced East Tennessee State University as the recipient of the 2018 Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award. The award is presented to a team of health-professional school based collaborators for their innovative approach to community and public health practice.
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On the Move

Gordon Tomaselli, MD, has been named dean of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, effective July 1. Tomaselli currently serves as chief of the division of cardiology and co-director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
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11.  Register now to attend the FREE DPT Education Virtual Fair on April 26.  

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DPT Education Virtual Fair on April 26th - Meet with 45+ DPT programs in a live online event!

 

 

12.  Marginalia:  You’ve heard of Bud Lite and Miller Lite.  How about a Copro-lite?  

Q:  What is a coprolite?

1.    A:  (in paleontology) a piece of fossilized dung.  This one, 71 million years old give-or-take a few weeks, is from Coon Creek.

 

Did I get Mr. DiCaprio’s smirk right?

 

 

Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Biology Department
Christian Brothers University

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
E-mail: seisen@cbu.edu
http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/ 
Caduceus Newsletter Archives: http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/Caduceus.html